Although a natural part of life. Male pattern baldness is considered to be a common sign of the ageing process. Affecting millions of men. Especially when younger hair loss can be an emotive issue. Male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia- Typically occurs from the early twenties onwards.
The patterns of genetic male hair loss are categorised on the Norwood Scale. From minor to major genetic hair loss stages. The first stages of male pattern hair loss are the receding of the hairline. Less common but possible is the crown showing signs of the scalp. The hairline can recede to expose a larger and wider forehead. Whilst the crown can expand on all sides and sometimes drop down the back of the head.
What´s dihydrotestosterone to male hair loss?
Male pattern baldness affects well over half of all men over their lifetime. Also known as androgenetic alopecia. Male pattern baldness is a result of a gene. Found in the body that converts testosterone into DHT. Dihydrotestosterone. These factors contribute to the gradual deterioration of the hair follicles over the top of the scalp. Hair grows progressively shorter and finer until no new hairs grow.
This balding process is caused by hereditary factors. You inherit the tendency to lose hair from either of your parents. This is transmitted in your genes. Men with more first- and second-degree relatives who lose their hair have a higher chance of losing hair themselves.
Possibly treatment to preserve your hair
Treatment for male pattern hair loss is available. Although there is no cure treatment can help to stabilise the growth phase of hair follicles. Improve hair growth and hair quality. The earlier treated the best chance of maintaining and even improving on the hair you have.
Minoxidil is a topical treatment. Applied to the scalp usually as a lotion or foam. It was originally tested to treat blood pressure. But some people noticed additional hair growth as a side effect while using it.
Finasteride is an oral treatment. Avilable only on prescription. It reduces the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). A male hormone that plays a role in shrinking the scalp hair follicles. In rare cases, finasteride can cause sexual dysfunction. This may include reduced libido, difficulty achieving an erection, and ejaculation disorders.
Always consult a medical professional before taking any treatment. Some treatment carry side effects. Not all treatments are suitable for all hair loss conditions.
The hair transplant is a safe, minor surgical procedure. Performed under local anaesthetic and sedative. Usually taking one day to perform.
It should be understood that not all hair transplant procedures are the same, and care should be taken to ensure you understand the consequences of being on the wrong side of a poorly performed hair transplant, not only the growth or the look but also the damage caused to your remaining hair and skin. A hair transplant, when performed to a high quality, is a technically skilled surgical procedure that requires medical and artistic skills learned over years to ensure the required care and attention is given to achieving the best result.